Events / Taste America

Taste America: Los Angeles

Wed, July 27, 2022

6:00 PM
Price: $175 (general); $225 (Premier) Tickets on sale now!

6121 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

6:00 P.M. – Premier ticket holder arrivals
7:00 P.M. – General ticket holder arrivals

Proof of vaccination is required to attend the event.

A national tasting event celebrating your local restaurant community.

Taste America, presented by Capital One, is a nationwide initiative to bring together chefs, special guests, and diners from across the country to celebrate the local independent restaurants at the heart of our communities.

The walk-around tasting at NeueHouse will be an exciting gathering of chefs from the Los Angeles culinary community and beyond. Food stations will be hosted by Chef Natalia Pereira of Woodspoon in Los Angeles, Chef Shenarri Freeman of Cadence in New York City, and many more. Each station’s offering will reflect the chef’s signature style and highlight the uniqueness of their restaurant and community. The tasting will also have beverage stations and other activations from our national and local sponsors.



Natalia Pereira
Los Angeles

Shenarri Freeman
New York City

Akira Akuto and Nick Montgomery
Los Angeles

Vanda Asapahu and Cathy Asapahu
Ayara Thai
Los Angeles

Carlos Gaytán
Presented by Choose Chicago

Katianna Hong and John Hong
Los Angeles

Margarita Manzke
Los Angeles

Michael Reed and Kwini Reed
Poppy & Rose
Los Angeles
Presented by Mountain Valley Spring Water

Christy Vega
Casa Vega
Sherman Oaks, CA


Natalia Pereira:
Kibbeh > Beef, Lamb, Mint, and Bulgur Wheat
** Dairy-free, nut-free, and shellfish-free; contains gluten

Shenarri Freeman:
Black-Eyed Pea–Garlic Pancake with Pickled Mustard Seeds and Sage Maple Syrup
**Vegan; nut-free; contains gluten

Akira Akuto and Nick Montgomery:
Roasted Corn–Summer Berry Tart
**Vegetarian; nut-free; contains dairy and gluten

Vanda Asapahu and Cathy Asapahu:
Thai Lobster Roll > Maine Lobster with Lemongrass, Chili, Makrut Leaves, and Lime on Charcoal–Squid Ink Bun
**Nut-free; contains dairy, gluten, and shellfish

Carlos Gaytan:
Charred Avocados with MintCilantro Chimichurri, Spicy Homemade Jocoque, Sunflower Seeds, and Caviar
**Gluten-free; contains dairy, nuts, and shellfish

Katianna Hong and John Hong:
Roasted Pork Belly with Grilled Tomatoes, Corn, and Cucumbers; Tomato Water–Sherry Vinaigrette; and Korean Herbs*
*Nut-free; contains dairy and gluten

Daring Plant Chicken with Grilled Tomatoes, Corn, and Cucumbers; Tomato Water–Sherry Vinaigrette; and Korean Herbs
**Vegetarian and nut-free; contains dairy and gluten

Margarita Manzke:
Hazelnut Hot Chocolate with Cognac Cream
** Vegetarian; contains dairy, gluten, and nuts

Michael Reed and Kwini Reed:
Shrimp and Grits
**Nut-free; contains dairy, gluten, and shellfish

Peach Glazed–Baby Back Ribs
**Dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free

Christy Vega:
Sweet Corn Tamal with Crema
**Vegetarian; nut-free; contains dairy and gluten

Beverages courtesy of
1800® Tequila
Côtes du Rhône
Mountain Valley Spring Water

Food and beverage offerings are subject to change. Guests must be 21 years+ with a valid ID to attend the event.

Through our Open for Good campaign, the James Beard Foundation is committed to helping independent restaurants survive this crisis, rebuild better, and thrive for the long term.

Local Partners


Related Info

COVID-19 SAFETY (Proof of Vaccination Required to Attend)
Maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our guests, chefs, and restaurant teams to experience our events is a top priority for the James Beard Foundation. In accordance with NeueHouse’s current policies to combat the rise of COVID-19 cases in the area, all guests will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter the building. You may show the following as proof of vaccination: physical vaccination card, photo of vaccination card, state-issued digital record proving vaccination status, or other digital record proving vaccination status.  

Reservation Policy: All reservations are nonrefundable and must be made in advance. Should the event be cancelled due to any unforeseen circumstances, the James Beard Foundation will offer options including ticket exchanges, use of tickets for future events, and/or option to donate tickets. For more information, contact

Covid-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. An inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists in any public place regardless of precautions that may be taken. By purchasing and using tickets, you, on your behalf and on behalf of any accompanying parties, agree to (1) assume all risks associated with Covid-19 and other communicable diseases, (2) comply with all related health and safety policies of the James Beard Foundation, NeueHouse, as well as all applicable federal, state, and local government laws and recommendations, and (3) expressly release the James Beard Foundation and each of its respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, trustees, officers, directors, partners, employees, and agents from any and all claims arising from or relating to Covid-19.

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